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BNE January/February 2017 |

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Beyond the

BigBang

You don’t need to understand the science to be intrigued by the Large Hadron

Collider (LHC), the largest machine in the world built to examine the tiniest

particles in existence and help scientists unlock the mysteries of the universe.

It took 10 years to build with the collaboration of more than 10,000 physicists

and engineers from 100 countries and hundreds of universities and laboratories

around the world. Now it sits in a tunnel that measures 27km around and

lies as far as 170 metres below ground at the French/Swiss border, producing

a mega 15 million gigabytes of data per year – equivalent to a stack of CDs

standing 20km high. These are just some of the fascinating facts to learn when

you step inside the world’s greatest experiment, the new Hadron Collider

exhibition at Queensland Museum (detail

pictured left

). In a virtual recreation

of the tunnels, control room, labs and even a particle collision, visitors can

find out how the LHC works and what thousands of scientists are looking for.

On until 25 April at Queensland Museum, South Brisbane. Tickets from $15

(adult) or $45 family of four. See

www.qm.qld.gov.au/hadroncollider

NickCave

returns

It’s a rare opportunity to see Aussie expat

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform live

when the band takes to the Riverstage on 25

January. The tour is billed as their biggest and

boldest production yet and follows hot on the

heels of the release of their top charting album

Skeleton Tree

, which has received resounding

rave reviews from music critics, who have called

it “a masterpiece” and “one of Cave’s most

beautifully crafted creations”. A performance

not to miss. Tickets from $99 plus fees at

www.ticketmaster.com.au

Suzi can’t stay away

Suzi Quatro is an Australian favourite and after

31 tours here over her 50-year career she can

honestly say Australia is “in her bones” and

“in her blood”. Ever since she went leather

for leather as Fonzie’s good friend on

Happy

Days

, we’ve loved Suzi’s hard rock style. At

the Concert Hall, QPAC, South Brisbane, 7

February. Tickets from $129 plus fees. See

www.qpac.com.au

. Also at Toowoomba, the

Gold Coast, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville.

Icehouse replays the ’80s

Icehouse lead singer Iva Davies says the band

had no idea it would last a year when it started

as a pub rock band playing covers at the local

surf club. It went on to create the soundtrack

of the ‘80s generation with songs including ‘We

Can Get Together’ and ‘Great Southern Land’

and celebrates 40 years this year at Brisbane

Convention and Exhibition Centre, South

Brisbane, 24 February. Tickets $86.60 plus fees

at

www.ticktek.com.au

Guns regroup

Not in this lifetime are hard rock fans

likely to see Guns N’ Roses peform again

in Queensland after their show at QSAC

Stadium, Nathan, on 7 February. It’s been more

than 20 years since their last visit and many

might have thought this would never happen

but Axl, Slash and Duff have regrouped and,

like last time, will be supported by Rose Tattoo,

fronted by Angry Anderson. Tickets from

$97.30 plus fees. See

www.ticketek.com.au

Champion of nature

Tickets to Sir David Attenborough’s live show in February,

Quest for

Life

, sold out almost as quickly as Adele’s and when his latest TV series

Planet Earth II

screened in the UK it was watched by more Millennials

than

The X Factor

, proving without doubt that Attenborough, at 90,

has lost none of his power to pull an audience or open our eyes to the

wonders and dangers of the natural world. His influence has spanned

generations and he’s seen many changes in the 50-plus years he’s been

filming the environment, prompting him to become more vocal about the

damaging impact of humans. “If people lose knowledge, sympathy and

understanding of the natural world they’re going to mistreat it and will not

ask their politicians to care for it,” he says, and not even a pacemaker is

going to slow him down from his quest to educate us.

Planet Earth II

will

screen in Australia in February on the Nine Network.